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    DescriptionWhen Kim Barker first arrived in Kabul as a journalist in 2002, she barely owned a passport, spoke only English and had little idea how to do the "Taliban Shuffle" between Afghanistan and Pakistan. No matter--her stories about Islamic militants and shaky reconstruction were soon overshadowed by the bigger news in Iraq. But as she delved deeper into Pakistan and Afghanistan, her love for the hapless countries grew, along with her fear for their future stability. In this darkly comic and unsparing memoir, Barker uses her wry, incisive voice to expose the absurdities and tragedies of the "forgotten war," finding humor and humanity amid the rubble and heartbreak.


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    Title
    The Taliban Shuffle
    Subtitle
    Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kim Barker
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 302
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 202 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 259 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307477385
    ISBN 10: 030747738X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25580
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    BIC subject category V2: JFSJ1, KNT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    BISAC V2.8: LAN008000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    B&T Approval Code: A27302400
    BISAC V2.8: POL012000, BIO025000
    B&T Approval Code: A44098000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 54
    DC22: 958.104/7
    DC21: 958.1047
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000, HIS027190
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: DS371.4135 .B37 2012
    Thema V1.0: DNC, DNB, JBSF1, KNT
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    maps
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House USA Inc
    Publication date
    03 June 2012
    Author Information
    When Kim Barker first arrived in Kabul as a journalist in 2002, she barely owned a passport, spoke only English and had little idea how to do the “Taliban Shuffle” between Afghanistan and Pakistan. No matter—her stories about Islamic militants and shaky reconstruction were soon overshadowed by the bigger news in Iraq. But as she delved deeper into Pakistan and Afghanistan, her love for the hapless countries grew, along with her fear for their future stability. In this darkly comic and unsparing memoir, Barker uses her wry, incisive voice to expose the absurdities and tragedies of the “forgotten war,” finding humor and humanity amid the rubble and heartbreak.  
    Review quote
    "Remarkable. . . . [Barker] has written an account of her experiences covering Afghanistan and Pakistan that manages to be hilarious and harrowing, witty and illuminating, all at the same time." --Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times " " " ""The Taliban Shuffle" isn't like any other book out there about Afghanistan and Pakistan. It's witty, brilliant, and impossible to put down." --Rajiv Chandrasekaran, author of "Imperial Life in the Emerald City" ""The Taliban Shuffle" is part war memoir, part tale of self-discovery that, thanks to Barker's biting honesty and wry wit, manages to be both hilarious and heartbreaking." "--""Chicago Tribune" " " "What you'd hear if the reporter never turned off the voice recorder between interviews--brilliant firsthand outtakes that wind up telling us more about the Afghan debacle than any foreign policy briefing." "--""The Seattle Times" "At once funny and harrowing, insightful and appalling. . . . "The Taliban Shuffle" will pull you in so deep that you'll smell the poppies and quake from the bombs." --"The Minneapolis Star Tribune" " " "If you're looking for a window on the challenges facing Afghanistan and Pakistan today--from a resurgent Taliban to American incompetence to Afghan and Pakistani corruption and nepotism--Barker provides a sterling vantage point." --"San Francisco Chronicle " " " "Kim Barker gives a true and amusing picture of hellholes and the reporters on assignment in them. But she breaks the journo code of silence and reveals a trade secret of the hacks who cover hellholes: The hell of the holes is that they're kind of fun." --P. J. O'Rourke ""The Taliban Shuffle" gives us an insider's perspective of Afghanistan and Pakistan--their fascinating cultures, unstable governments, and burgeoning terrorist groups. . . . With dark, self-deprecating humor and shrewd insight, Barker chronicles her experiences as a rookie foreign reporter and the critical years when the Tal